”love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself,” Luke 10:27 (Ref: Mark 12:30).
I don’t think there could be a clearer example of God-centered love than evangelism. We are responding to the grace of God. We are doing it for the glory of God and we are sharing something that is for man’s good.
In the service, without show off, we see that there is a God-facing component to what we’re told to do in love, and there is a “loving our neighbor” component. Well, Oftentimes loving God sounds a little abstract. But HE makes it somewhat clear in John 14 when HE says, “If you love me, you will keep my commands,” so we see that loving God is at least keeping HIS commands. It’s not just legalism by any means but it does involve doing the things HE’s told us to do. So an action can’t be loving, by definition, if it does not follow what God has laid out. This takes off the table, “Well, I feel like this is loving.” The question is, has God said it’s loving? Has God said it’s right? (See Mark 16:15; 1 Corinthians 9:16; Romans 10:15).
Christ also says this a little later in John 14: “The person who has my commands and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him,” so what we actually see is that “loving God fulfills this command, but we’re actually loving God when we love other people”, and this is what Jesus is getting at in John 13 when he says, “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Peace be unto You!